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Past Exhibitions

2014-15

Cultural Spheres
Dance & Fashion
ESC: Digital Artworks by C.J. Yeh
Exposed: A History of Lingerie

Lauren Bacall: The Look

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s

Other Past Exhibitions

Alphabetical List
2013-14 Exhibitions
2012-13 Exhibitions
2011-12 Exhibitions
2010-11 Exhibitions
2009-10 Exhibitions

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(left) Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, pajama set, printed silk crepe, c. 1970, France, P89.55.4, museum purchase; (right) Halston, pajama set, printed crepe de Chine, c.1976, USA, 91.41.12, gift of Ms. Gayle Osman.
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s
Special Exhibitions Gallery
February 6 - April 18, 2015
Online Exhibition

Yves Saint Laurent and Halston were the most famous and influential fashion designers of the 1970s. Drawing inspiration from menswear, foreign cultures, and historical periods, Saint Laurent and Halston crafted a new, chic, and modern way of dressing that became synonymous with the sexy and glamorous lifestyle of the decade. While they and their designs are recognizable to fashion enthusiasts and monographic books and exhibitions on each designer abound, Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s was the first exhibition to juxtapose and analyze their contributions to fashion at the height of their careers, as well as how they came to exemplify this singular, dynamic era in fashion history. Learn more.


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Normal Norell, evening dress and coat, cashmere, silk jersey, and sequins, circa 1958, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 68.143.6.
Lauren Bacall: The Look
Gallery FIT
March 3 Ė April 4, 2015
Online Exhibition

Lauren Bacall: The Look was a celebration of the film and theater starís unique style. Bacallís own garments took the spotlight in this exhibition, which also explored her relationships with fashion designers who dressed her, including Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro. Students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program in FITís School of Graduate Studies collaborated with MFIT to present 12 items from a collection of 700 that Bacall donated to the museum in 22 gifts, between 1968 and 1986. Learn more.


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Chang-Soo Kim, Flickering Series 2002 - present, digital imagery.
Cultural Spheres: 2015 International Exhibition Celebrating Diversity of Culture and Creativity
Gallery FIT
January 24 Ė February 7, 2015

This exhibition of multimedia projects was initiated by faculty from the Fashion Institute of Technology's School of Art and Design and brought together student artwork from FIT, Gachon University in South Korea, and Kun Shan University in Taiwan. Visiting Professor Chang Soo Kimís work was also showcased.


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Halston, womanís costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT
Dance & Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 13, 2014 Ė January 3, 2015
Online Exhibition

Dance & Fashion explored the relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Dance has utilized a wide variety of costumes, including contemporary fashions, to identify different characters, but there are also certain iconic styles, which represent a dance more abstractly. Tutus and pointe shoes, for example, are integral to the image and movements of the ballerina, just as leotards and tights are associated with the modern dancer.

Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska).  But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. Fashion designers have also been inspired by the dance. Christian Dior loved the tutus of Romantic ballerinas, while the shoe designer Christian Louboutin has transformed pointe shoes into fetishistic high heels. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, was on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, and stepping were featured. Learn more.




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© C.J. Yeh
ESC: Digital Artworks by C.J. Yeh
Gallery FIT
October 4 Ė December 13, 2014

ESC: Digital Artworks by C. J. Yeh investigated and illustrated the life, career, and thoughts of Art & Design faculty member C. J. Yeh, and looked at how the digital revolution has resulted in a new cultural paradigm centered on social networking. The exhibition included artworks from four different bodies of work: CJ Was Here, a series of conceptual mixed-media art; De-Purpose, a series of interactive installations; Equals, a series of net art (artworks using the Internet as its primary medium or platform); and vWare 1.0, a series of visual software programs inspired by literature.



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Marie Rose Lebigot for Lily of France, corselet of lace, nylon, and elastic, c.1954, France, gift of Mr. Robert Kaye, 82.155.8.
Exposed: A History of Lingerie
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
June 3 Ė November 15, 2014
Online Exhibition

Exposed: A History of Lingerie examined intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present, featuring over 70 of the most delicate, luxurious, and beautifully crafted objects from the museumís permanent collection. Each piece illustrated key developments in fashion, such as changes in silhouette, shifting ideals of propriety, and advancements in technology. Learn more.




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